Cardiff Business School People

Dr Joe O'Mahoney


+44 (0)29 208 76164
D12, Aberconway Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Consulting Ideas

Joe now researches the field of management innovations and ideas, and helps apply and develop the ideas of critical realism. He is heavily involved with Executive Education and plays a role in developing the external relations of the school and the University.

  • PhD (2000) Organisational Change: ESRC Funded (University of Warwick)
  • MA (1996) Industrial Relations: Unilever Prize (University of Warwick)
  • BA (1995) Ancient and Modern History, hons. (University of Oxford)

Teaching commitments

  • Change management
  • Leadership
  • Management consulting

Research interests

  • critical realism
  • internal consultants
  • management consulting/consultancy
  • management innovations
  • management knowledge
  • business environment
  • innovation
  • organisational behaviour
  • 20013-2014: 12 months research leave funded by Cardiff University.
  • 2009-2011: AIM Management Practices Fellowship - £150,000
  • 2012: CARBS Seedcorn Funding - £3,000
  • 2011: AIM Innovation Survey Grant - £3,500
  • 2011: CARBS Seedcorn Funding: Innovation Survey Grant - £2,500
  • 2010: Visiting Fellowship from University of Sydney, Australia - £3,500
  • 2010: AIM Open Access Teaching Material Grant - £6,500
  • 2009: ESRC Seminar Series: Critical Realism in Practice - £3,000
  • 2008: AIM Funding: Research into the UK consulting industry - £10,000
  • 2007: CARBS Seedcorn Funding: Ethics in Consulting industry - £1,500
  • 1996 - 2000: ESRC funding: PhD in Organisational Change - £40,000

Joe has led the following projects

Development of open access teaching materials based on research

31 May 2010 to 30 November 2011

Sponsored by Advanced Institute of Management

Led by Dr Joe O'Mahoney

Award type: Services

Exploring the role of management consultancies in innovating management practices

30 September 2010 to 29 September 2011

Sponsored by Advanced Institute of Management (AIM)/Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Led by Dr Joe O'Mahoney

Award type: Research, AIM/ESRC Fellowship

PhD supervision research interests

  • Critical realism
  • Existentialism
  • Identity theory
  • Management consultancy
  • Organisational change

New book sees contributions from several academics

Friday 29 January 2016

Several academics from Cardiff Business School’s Management, Employment and Organisation section have contributed to the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies.

Management consultancy – then, now and next?

Thursday 25 June 2015

Cardiff Breakfast Briefing asks whether companies still need management consultants.

Cardiff Business School’s Executive Education section hosted its second Cardiff Breakfast Briefing at the purpose-built Postgraduate Teaching Centre on Wednesday June 24th 2015.

Dr Joe O’Mahoney shortlisted for CMI Management Book of the Year

Wednesday 20 November 2013

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently announced their Management Book of the Year shortlist and we are delighted to announce that a textbook by Senior Lecturer Dr Joe O'Mahoney has been included.

Additional activities

After gaining a patent on one of his inventions, Joe started up StayMobile with a childhood friend. After successfully raising capital and selling the company, he retains a non-executive directorship on the board.

Joe performs consultancy work in the area of organisational change and leadership and has given talks on a number of subjects at conferences, industry meetings and general meetings. In recent years clients have included the board of Hoover, IBM, the British Computing Society, and several Management Consultancies.

Media contributions

Joe has appeared on both BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 2 as an industry expert on the telecoms and gaming industry. In 2007 he appeared on BBC 2's Dragon's Den.


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (1996)
  • Member of the Institute of Directors Reviewer: Journal of Organization
  • Journal of Organization Studies
  • Journal of International HRM
  • Journal of Management Studies